Shana and our other orphans are going back to school.
They need clothing, backpacks, books, school supplies and more.
These children have faced trauma that most of us can’t even imagine.
Now they are starting a new school year.
Their parents couldn’t care for them so they bounced around foster homes. Many were abused or neglected.
“They come from very difficult backgrounds,” said Malki, who runs a Children’s House with her husband, Rabbi Zalman Bukiet. “Their parents can’t take care of them for various reasons.”
“We are taking care of everything they need here in Israel,” Malki said, including housing, education, clothing, medical care and therapy.
Under the Bukiets’ care, 14-year-old Shana went from being severely depressed and withdrawn to loving her life.
“I made such good friends,” Shana said through her tears after her middle-school graduation ceremony. “I love my school. My life is so different now.”
Malki is visibly moved at seeing the results of her efforts helping Shana.
“To hear these words from her, I said, ‘wow, she feels connected.’ Of course, she’s not leaving us, but it’s a major transition to high school,” said Malki.